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Dianna Frid
The Vertical Shadows
March 30—May 3, 2008

Opening reception with the artist: Sunday, March 30, 4 – 7 pm
Gallery Talk with Dianna Frid: Saturday, April 12, 1:00

devening projects + editions is very pleased to present Dianna Frid: The Vertical Shadows, an exhibition featuring two new projects that include sculpture and works on paper. This is Dianna Frid’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.

For The Vertical Shadows, Frid designed and built plinths before conceiving the objects that each would support. As such, she revisits and reverses the model established by Brancusi nearly a century ago, in which the pediment was formulated well after the sculpture was “finished.” Each plinth in The Vertical Shadows is articulated out of a series of geometrical shapes that include pentagonal prisms and octahedrons. The surfaces of the plinths are treated as pictorial; often, they also become awkward ornamental surfaces upon which collaged patterns enhance the geometry of their support. These patterns also allude to motifs found in tiles and textiles. The objects, which are placed on or within the plinths, have emerged through a process of construction and embellishment. These objects are loosely reminiscent of architectural models, landscapes, and of cloud-like formations without a sky. The plinths become the ambiguous bodies that support and contain these iconic objects. The Vertical Shadows respond to existing plans, names and photographs which Frid transforms through material reconfigurations, and as such, produce fresh visual and sensuous prospects.

Engines of Weather are works on paper based on diagrams of machines and archaic depictions of planets and orbits. These pieces are intricately crafted by combining paper cutouts with acrylic inks, cloth and other materials. Through the act of the collage, Frid releases the machine or the engine from its original emblematic associations. In both Engines of Weather and The Vertical Shadows the layering of materials is an improvisational discharge that makes visible an unconscious precedent.

Dianna Frid was born in Mexico City and as a teenager immigrated to Vancouver, Canada. She received her MFA from the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003. Presently, she is Assistant Professor in Studio Arts in the College of Architecture and the Arts at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She has been the recipient of various grants and awards including an Artadia Award (2004). Frid has exhibited her work in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Italy and Belgium. Solo projects include P.S.1-MOMA (2005), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (2006); and Croxhapox in Gent, Belgium (2006). Most recently she was included in the 2008 Spring Selections exhibition at The Drawing Center in New York City.

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